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Thompson Square Celebrates ‘Masterpiece’ Album Release With Fans at CMA Fest!

It’s been over five years since GRAMMY-nominated Country duo THOMPSON SQUARE have release new music! It has been worth the wait! The duo just released their new album on June 1 called Masterpiece.

Thompson Square’s previous albums have had big ballads such as “Glass” on Thompson Square and “If I Didn’t Have You” on Just Feels Good which reached #1 at Country Radio. Masterpiece might not have that big ballad, but fans will get that same sense of connection from “Breakers.” There are the roll down your window songs to tracks like “Good Day” and “Stuck In My Head.” Of course the love songs that Thompson Square have become known for as they continue to showcase their writing and vocal abilities.

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Shawna and Keifer Thompson have had a busy media week surrounding the release of their album, followed by a busy weekend at CMA Fest where they were able to have an album release/fan appreciation party for their fans! They played the entire album as fans enjoyed food and afterwards got to talk with each and every one present! Keifer’s parents were also in attendance which made it that much more special!

T2 were also featured as special guests on today’s edition of CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan and CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan, having spent a day visiting with patients, performing new songs and being interviewed at the Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Seacrest Studios

MASTERPIECE Track Listing:

1. “Masterpiece” (Keifer Thompson)
2. “Up in Smoke” (Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Keifer Thompson, Shawna Thompson)
3. “Millionaires” (Marv Green, Catt Gravitt, Courtney Cole)
4. “Stupid Girls Stupid Boys” (Ben Caver, Sara Haze, AJ Pruis, Laura Veltz)
5. “Let’s Do Something Stupid” (Jason Lehning, Keifer Thompson)
6. “Stuck in My Head” (Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Keifer Thompson, Shawna Thompson)
7. “Good Day” (Erik Belz, Frank Rogers, Keifer Thompson, Shawna Thompson)
8. “I Know This Guy” (Mike Fiorentino, Keifer Thompson)
9. “A Love Like This” (Cary Barlowe, Keifer Thompson)
10. “Make It Rain” (Emily Weisband, Marv Green, Keifer Thompson)
11. “Breakers” (Marti Dodson, Patrick Droney, Keifer Thompson)

MASTERPIECE  REVIEW

 

  1. “Masterpiece” is the title track of the album and rightfully so. Keifer wrote this song by himself, about the legacy he would leave behind. Before having his son Cooper, he always thought he would leave behind a great music career, big house, fancy car… and then his son was born and everything changed. His legacy, his masterpiece, is his son. It’s a beautiful song, that is also Shawna’s favorite off the album and moved her to tears. Keifer was especially impressed by this since she is a tough critic on songs. He played it for her one morning while she was still pregnant. It’s definitely a favorite, if not the favorite of the songs on the album. It’s not only a beautiful song, but it has really amazing metaphors that build imagery and show how truly meaningful and important a child truly is. Although the song was inspired by their son, it can be applied to anyone, which makes it a true masterpiece

Shakespeare sure knew how to write them / Words that would live through our time / That Eiffel Tower’s still standing / It’s built to be one of a kind / Da Vinci’s got his Mona Lisa / And Beethoven’s got his symphonies / But you’re my masterpiece.

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2. “Up In Smoke” is a song T2 has been performing since their last tour and looks incredibly cool with all the special effects. It’s a song that was inspired by Keifer’s ex-girlfriend.

The use of repetition allows the excitement to build as they begin to play with fire!

I keep coming, coming back / I keep coming, coming back / I keep coming back for more / Playing with fire / and the flames getting higher /  I’m going up in smoke.

Shawna’s angelic voice makes you feel every note as she sings “Firrrrrrrreeeeeee”

 

3. “Millionaires” is one of two tracks that the duo didn’t have a hand in writing and one they enjoy playing live because of its uptempo beat. It’s one of Shawna’s favorite songs on the album and a fun departure. The lyrics talk about how rich they would be if they could turn their love into money, which would definitely be great for artists in the music business as many can relate to not having much money in the bank while they chase their dreams.

We got no money in the bank
No gas in the tank
No jingle in my jang
Baby don’t you think that we could…

Take our love, turn it into money
We’d be rolling in the dough, let me tell you honey
We’d be millionaires

4. “Stupid Girls Stupid Boys” is the other song the duo didn’t have a hand in writing, but a song you can really jam and sing along to. It’s a song that fans will relate to with lyrics like:

Shout out to the stupid girls baby, screw must of come loose kind of crazies. I don’t mean to be mean but I don’t think they knew what they were losing. Every time I’m looking at you, I can’t believe there was somebody somewhere that had you and gave you back. It’s all love and adoration, I got mad appreciation for the stupid girls.

5. “Let’s Do Something Stupid” is a song the duo has also been playing on their acoustic tour. They slow things down as Keifer explained at a show, that it was about the time he and Shawna first began their relationship. Keifer had been dating another girl on and off and decided to end things as he and Shawna did something stupid, all those years ago and started something magical. Here they are 19 years later! It’s a sweet song that helps you get a sense of where they came from. There are probably many out there that can relate to taking a risk and doing something they might regret, but hey it just might turn out to be the best thing they ever did!

It might be wrong but it might be right
Guess we’ll find out in the morning
Let’s do something stupid

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6. “Stuck In My Head” seems like it would be a really radio friendly song if it was able to get that kind of exposure. Maybe it’s because the song really does get stuck in your head? It’s not only a song with catchy lyrics, but also with the kind of production that has a little bit of everything, that makes everything about it make you feel happy inside.

Stuck in my head like a song, gotta sing along
Sounds so good, can’t turn it off
Your melody, is haunting me
And I just can’t forget
You’re stuck in my head

7. “Good Day” is a song the duo wrote while on a writing retreat where life was really rough on the beach drinking coconut rum. 😉 It even sounds tropical!

Life ain’t gonna get no better than this
So when the sun comes up
let’s do it again, just like this ’cause

Today is a good day

8. “I Know This Guy” is one of our favorites on the album. It just has that true Thompson Square sound, the way their voices blend into each other, really turns the song into the steamy romance it’s meant to be. When they sing the “whoa, whoa whoa” all our insides melt and it’s what true love should be like. It’s a song that encompasses who Thompson Square is, cuz at the end of the day, who would they be without each other?

Worships the ground that she walks on
Yeah he’s her moon, her stars, her sun
He knows, she knows, he’d die for her
And she needs him so damn much it hurts

Whoa, everytime her fingertips touch me
Whoa, it’s hard to hold back and harder to breathe
She’s got me right where I want me
And it’s only her that I need
In this big, old, crazy, messed up world
I know this guy, I know this girl

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9. “A Love Like This” is a song that already has over 1 million streams on Spotify! One that also mentions their son “Cooper” while Shawna was pregnant with him. It’s truly their story and makes you feel happy and warm inside knowing that despite everything else in this life, they have a wonderful love with each other and their son!

We said forever and I’ll change the name
Who would’ve thought we could love anything
More than this love, more than this life
But now there’s a little heartbeat inside

It was a long shot kiss
It was a last call risk, yeah
That’s how it all happened
That’s how it all started

10. “Make It Rain” has been in the duo’s setlist on live shows for the last couple of years and has been a fan favorite. It kind of plays off millionaire in a sense, that instead of their love being turned into money, it’s kisses they can spend on one another. They just want to love each other, and after all isn’t that how it should be?

We may never be rich
But you and me don’t need to be
When you’re lovin’ like this
When you’re lovin’ like this

I wanna spend these kisses like money
Till we’re so broke it ain’t funny
I wanna spend these kisses like money, money
Yeah

Let’s make it rain yeah

11. The album ends with the song “Breakers” which is a song that brings Shawna to tears as she performs it live. Keifer told RollingStone it’s a song that chronicles “the worst thing that has happened in their life.” It’s a song about being hurt by the ones you love the most. It makes us wonder if it’s about some of the ones they were close to in the music industry that championed them and then ended up leaving. It’s a hard song not only to perform but to listen to, knowing that pain is so real.

Although the song is personal, it’s one that applies to so many situations. Whether it be a family member, friend, relationship, co-worker. It can apply to so many which makes the emotions that more real and honest as you can picture the person/people who have hurt you.

They say you hurt the ones you love the most
Well I must be lucky you must really love me most
I guess I’ll never understand why you can’t be happy
If you know I’m happy no
Loving you is putting my head in the fire
Hoping that it won’t burn this time
Or the next time or the next time

Some people are leavers
Some people are stayers
Some people run when it gets too tough
Some people are braver
You’re supposed to love me
Oh but I can’t make it
I’m getting tired of giving all I got to a taker
Some people are fixers
But some people are breakers

Watch Thompson Square introduce “Masterpiece” and “A Love Like This” on FOX & FRIENDS, plus catch “Good Day” on After the Show Show here.

Download or stream MASTERPIECE in its entirety here.

PHOTO GALLERY – THOMPSON SQAURE’S FAN CLUB PARTY

 

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CMA Fest Announces Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater!

CMA Fest Announces Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater 
CMA Fest is only 50 days away and with it approaching another stage has been announced! Cracker Barrel is returning as title sponsor for the country roads stage at Ascend Amphitheater.

Thursday June 7th, 2018 
7:00pm-7:30pm Everette
7:30pm-8:00pm Runaway June
8:00pm-8:30pm Lindsay Ell
8:30pm-9:00pm Chase Bryant
9:00pm-9:30pm Craig Campbell
9:30pm-10:00pm Granger Smith
10:00pm-10:30pm Chase Rice
Friday June 8th, 2018 
7:00pm-7:30pm Clare Dunn
7:30pm-8:00pm Drake White
8:00pm-8:30pm Maddie & Tae
8:30pm-9:00pm Tyler Farr
9:00pm-9:30pm Lee Brice
Saturday June 9th, 2018 
7:00pm-7:30pm Tegan Marie
7:30pm-8:00pm Cale Dodds
8:00pm-8:30pm Morgan Evans
8:30pm-9:00pm Michael Ray

CMA Fest Breakout Stage Performers Announced!

CMA Fest is just around the corner and the stages lineups are officially being released!! This year’s Breakout Stage will include 40 rising artists! Several of which we have had the pleasure of seeing multiple times and interviewing! We can’t wait to see all of these artists on stage!

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

10:30 – Charlie Worsham

11:10 – Dylan Schneider

11:50 – Drew Baldridge

12:30 – Delta Rae

1:10 – James Barker Band

1:50 – Logan Mize

2:30 – Radio Romance

3:10 – Ashley McBryde

3:50 – Muscadine Bloodline

4:30 – Crowder

Friday, June 08, 2018

10:30 – Josh Phillips

11:10 – Krystal Keith & Lance Carpenter

11:50 – Cale Dodds

12:30 – Jon Langston

1:10 – Smithfield

1:50 – Runaway June

2:30 – Maggie Rose

3:10 – Waterloo Revival

3:50 – Love and Theft

4:30 – The Wild Feathers

Saturday, June 09, 2018

10:30 – Abby Anderson

11:10 – Jillian Jacqueline

11:50 – Adam Doleac

12:30 – Ashley Campbell

1:10 – Chris Bandi

1:50 – Steve Moakler

2:30 – Walker McGuire

3:10 – Kassi Ashton

3:50 – Trent Harmon

4:30 – Clare Dunn

Sunday, April 10, 2018

10:30 – Sundance Head

11:10 – Brooke Eden

11:50 – Sister Hazel

12:30 – Jacob Davis

1:10 – Luke Pell

1:50 – Jimmie Allen

2:30 – Big Smo

3:10 – Riley Green

3:50 – Micahel Tyler

4:30 – Jerrod Niemann

ACM Awards Performers Announced!!

ACM AWARDS® NOMINEES JASON ALDEAN, KELSEA BALLERINI,

DIERKS BENTLEY, LUKE BRYAN, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE,

MIRANDA LAMBERT, MAREN MORRIS, AND THOMAS RHETT

TO PERFORM ON THE 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

BEBE REXHA TO JOIN FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

FOR PERFORMANCE OF CHART-TOPPING CROSSOVER HIT “MEANT TO BE”

 

53rd Academy of Country Music Awards to Air Live

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 on CBS

Tweet: @Jason_Aldean @KelseaBallerini @DierksBentley @LukeBryanOnline @FLAGALine @mirandalambert @MarenMorris @ThomasRhett @BebeRexha to perform on 53rd@ACMawards LIVE April 15 on #CBS!

Encino, CA (March 7, 2018) – The Academy of Country Music® announced the first group of performers for the 53RD ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. ACM® Award nominees Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett will take the stage for must-see performances. Bebe Rexha will make her debut appearance at Country Music’s Party of the Year®, performing the chart-topping collaboration “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line. The 53rd ACM Awards® will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

As previously announced, multimedia superstar Reba McEntire will return to host the 53rd ACM Awards, which honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, and is produced for television by dick clark productions. This year’s show will mark Reba’s fifteenth time hosting the ceremony. She last co-hosted the ceremony with Blake Shelton in 2012.

Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For event updates, tickets and hotel information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM live ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Tickets to the ACM Awards are now on sale at www.axs.com. Media credential applications to cover the Awards in Las Vegas are now available at www.ACMcountry.com/press. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit www.ACMcountry.com and www.PartyForaCause.com. You can like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards and Instagram @ACMAwards for more immediate updates.

Stagecoach Artist Spotlight: Florida Georgia Line Headlining Night 1!

Who else is excited about Southern California’s biggest country music festival? Stagecoach is only a few months away and we are already getting excited about the huge lineup! Friday, April 27th is sure to be an amazing opening night with none other than Florida Georgia Line headlining!

 

FGL has had a big few years, from marriages to child birth’s, there’s been no shortage of excitement! They will definitely be bringing that sort of energy and excitement to the Stagecoach stage in April!

Check out the video of their announcement!

Stagecoach 2018 Lineup!

FGL was the #1 Streamed Country Artist in 2017! Talk about huge. The boys have been collobrating with different artists from BEBE REXHA to Morgan Wallen. Maybe they’ll bring a special guest out on stage?! Who else is excited to see FGL headline night 1? See their latest video below!